This week has been National Volunteers Week (June 1st-7th), and we have been showcasing some of our great volunteers and their contributions on our social media.
Yesterday saw us focusing on Community Speedwatch - CSW is a national initiative where active members of local communities join with the support of the Police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. For more information and details on how to volunteering in your local area please visit: https://www.communityspeedwatch.org/FRONT-Main.php?m=0
Stephen O’Connell is one of our award-winning volunteers. As a Community Speedwatch (CSW) volunteer, he is motivated by a desire to save lives. He started out with us on his local streets in Seaford. But six years on, Stephen has made an impact county-wide, having trained a network of over 1,000 CSW volunteers across Sussex. In that time Sussex has seen an 8 percent drop in recorded speeding violations in that period.
At the same time Stephen’s training of the CSW volunteers ensures that motorists who are stopped are treated fairly and with respect at the roadside. His approach, which is being replicated by other forces, recently earned Stephen a commendation from Chief Constable, Giles York, and he was presented with a Lord Ferrers Award for volunteering in policing in 2018.
Stephen, who will soon be joining us in a staff role, shares what drives him: “I find volunteering very rewarding. It’s been a great way to use my HR and management experience and skills to make a real difference to communities.
“But the greatest reward is knowing I am helping to reduce death and injuries on the roads of Sussex.”
A week of unprecedented demand on Surrey Police and Sussex Police forces has passed successfully, despite a number of large and high profile events across the two counties.
The forces had support from across the country and further afield as officer's leave and days off were cancelled to ensure normal service wasn’t impacted by the week’s events.
The first event was on Bank Holiday Monday with attendance at the Surrey County Show in Guildford where policing teams showcased their skills to thousands of attendees.
On Friday and Saturday, the Derby festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse was attended by Her Majesty the Queen, and more than 36,000 racegoers. Despite number of attendees, only seven arrests were made. Police dogs, search units, public order officers, drones and firearms officers were at the event to keep the public safe.
In Brighton, a sunny Saturday attracted thousands of extra day trippers, on top of the usual weekend visitors. The day passed without serious incident, despite the addition of 30,000 people estimated to have attended the Kemptown Carnival; and 24,000 fans at the Amex Stadium for the Lionesses last game before the Women's Football World Cup.
Saturday also saw the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club (HAMC) Euro Run 2019 take place. This was a ride-out of club members from Pease Pottage to Brighton. It was part of the HAMC's 50th anniversary celebrations of being in the UK and involved approximately 3,000 members from all over the world staying on the Surrey and Sussex borders for a separate private event.
There was also the small matter of two all-English European Cup football finals, bringing fans out to pubs and clubs without any notable incidents.
Assistant Chief Constable Nev Kemp said: “This has been a hugely busy week for both forces and I’m incredibly proud of the efforts I’ve seen from all involved. Many months of planning and hard work have gone into making all of these events run as smoothly as possible. “Public safety has been our main priority and we have had to put in place highly visible tactics this week which has significantly reduced the risk to the wider public and those wanting to enjoy themselves at all these events.”
From Wednesday (May 29) an order under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 was introduced, allowing stop and search of individuals within a designated area of Surrey and Sussex, following information that some attending the HAMC event may be carrying offensive weapons. In total 49 people have been arrested in connection with the event with a number having already been sentenced at court.
ACC Kemp added: “We made great efforts to work with the event organiser beforehand to ensure those attending got the message about what was expected here, sadly some didn’t heed the warning. However our approach, as well as some self-breath testing by riders ahead of the main ride on Saturday, significantly reduced numbers riding to Brighton. We had initially expected 700, but just over 100 took part.
“This was a unique event that has never happened on anything like this scale in the UK before and required careful planning to ensure the public and those attending were safe and, following information we received as the week went on, I decided to put the Section 60 order in place.” The operation has involved partners from across law enforcement agencies both in the UK and abroad.
ACC Kemp continued: “We benefited from the knowledge shared by our international colleagues about the attendees from their countries, and the risks that they posed. We were also able to prevent 27 people from even entering the UK. All of those refused entry were international members of the Hell Angels and deemed to pose a risk to the public with previous convictions for serious violent crimes including; murder, kidnap, torture, drug supply, violent assaults and firearms offences. Hells Angels events have not routinely passed without very serious incidents when they have taken place in other countries and a measure of success for us is ensuring that it passed without serious incident here in the UK. Europol have been very complimentary about the UK policing operation.
"The fact that all of these different events across involving thousands of people have passed without serious incident is something that we can be very pleased with. They required significant resourcing, planning and professionalism from police officers and staff because of the varied risks involved and I would like to thank everyone for the work they have put in this week."
Operation Magpie – Keep your home safe this Summer
Did you know?
Out of 43 UK police forces, Sussex is one of the safest places to live with low rates of burglary compared to other counties across England and Wales. There were 7170 reports of burglary from January - December 2018, 1134 fewer offences (13.6%) over the same period in 2017 (8304).
Sussex Police takes reports of such crimes very seriously. On 1 May 2019, at Lewes Crown Court, Marie Keane, 50, was jailed for seven years for offences including burglary. Marie often claimed to be a carer, and targeted vulnerable and elderly people in their own homes. She was arrested after some excellent police work and pleaded guilty to six offences – three burglaries, two thefts from persons and a fraud by false representation.
Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, Sussex Police burglary prevention lead said: “We have worked hard to reduce instances of burglary in Sussex over the last year and have seen a significant reduction in reports of this crime. We continue to work to protect members of our communities from this crime and through this campaign we will be offering advice on keeping homes, outbuildings and business premises safe.
“We treat burglary as a serious matter, especially where vulnerable members of the community are targeted and will be sharing examples of where we have prosecuted individuals for such crimes. None of this is achieved without your support and I am really grateful to all our partners, including Neighbourhood Watch and members of the community who work with us to reduce burglary and bring offenders to justice.”
Register your belongings on the Immobilise national property register. It's free and takes just a few minutes. If your valuables are stolen it will allow you to tell the police, your insurer and second-hand traders to assist in recovering your property and catch the thief. Find out more on their website.
Police Officer recruitment opening soon, register your interest now
On 17 June 2019 we will open recruitment for the role of Police Officer. We’re looking for people who have the judgment to make quick decisions; are confident to be first person in; have the compassion and empathy to help those in need; who’ll have their colleagues back no matter what and the resilience to serve the community every single day.
It’s a vital role and offers a great sense of pride from helping and protecting those within our community.
From being the first on the scene or arresting an abuser to being a shoulder to cry on and a reassuring face; this role is thrilling yet constantly challenging. You’ll work in a fast-paced 24/7 environment where no two shifts will be the same. In return, we promise you a good starting salary, great training experiences, opportunities for progression, the chance to achieve a professional qualification in Policing Practice and the pride that comes from helping others.
You will become part of our policing family; dedicated to keeping communities safe and feeling safe, identifying and protecting vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm. In the past, we’ve received high volumes of applications, so we recommend that you submit your application as early as possible.
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During the night of the 1st June, a building suppliers off Bellbrook Industrial Estate, Uckfield had insulation stolen by unknown suspects after they broken into the rear of the site during night hours. (0348 of 01/06 relates)
Overnight on the 3rd June a building yard off Picketts Lane, Uckfield was broken into whereby suspects have entered the rear gates and taking insulation from the site. (1131 of 03/06 relates)
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